During his 100th town hall meeting since assuming office in 2010, Gov. Chris Christie said he believes that violent videogames share some of the blame when it comes to gun violence in America.
Speaking to a capacity crowd in Manahawkin, NJ, the Republican governor attempted to link the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn. that left 27 dead to videogames after one attendee asked if the Garden State would follow New York’s lead in passing stricter gun laws.
According to Christie, the process of solely discussing gun control was just “playing politics,” as he believes other issues like mental health treatment and the media need to be addressed.
“[The real question is] how do we deal with the violence that’s awash in our media and these videogames that our kids are obsessed with,” Christie said.
Though some time was spent discussing the lack of treatment for Newtown shooter Adam Lanza, Christie also pointed to his alleged obsession with games like Call of Duty: Black Ops.
“We know he sat for hours playing on his PS3 and Xbox with games like Call of Duty: Black Ops… playing real-life simulations where these weapons are used over and over,” Christie said. “You can’t tell me that [these games] don’t desensitize our kids.”
Christie’s comments come hours after President Barack Obama proposed an assault weapons ban, a mandatory background check for all gun buyers and an appropriation of $10 million from Congress to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study a potential link between games and gun violence.